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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Hurricane Katrina's Fifth Birthday...

Oh, joy!

So, what have we learned in the last five years?

"The more things change, the more they stay the same"? That is nothing new. Just human nature and politics as usual.

I haven't watched any of the specials, yet - as I have been busy and I kind of know what to expect from the likes of CNN or other news networks (besides Fox), as far as political bias. Just something else to blame on President Bush. It wouldn't surprise me if someone doesn't blame monies spent on the War on Terror for there not having been enough post-Katrina spending.

Though I haven't read the report, "A Failure of Initiative," Congress' investigation into Katrina - it reputedly shows failure and breakdown at all levels of government – local, state and federal. As one might expect.

If the National Geographic Channel or the Discover Channel has a special, I would expect a little more balance from them.

We did learn that we don't know as much about hurricanes as we thought we did. After a very active 2004 & 2005 hurricane seasons, both climate hysterics and climate skeptics thought that we were in for more active hurricane seasons (for different reasons).

The climate hysterics were wanting to blame Katrina and other hurricanes (+ future hurricanes) on global warming and our Presidents' (and the U.S. Senate's in 1997) refusal to climb aboard the Kyoto bandwagon. The skeptics explained that we were in an active hurricane cycle and might be for the next 20 years, due to natural conditions. Neither side seemed to expect how quiet the next five years would be, though this season isn't over, yet.

Collected here are a compilation of most of my Katrina-related blog posts from 2005 and beyond. Though I haven't reread all of them, I stand beside them with the only considerations being to take things in context (of the time). Some of the links will not work, for a variety of reasons.

My final thoughts for this 5th Anniversary are that if President Gore or President Kerry had been in office, the final results would be 90 - 95% the same. There is only so much that government can do, before it starts getting in the way of itself and the efforts of common citizens.

When you have an area of 90,000 square miles damaged or destroyed by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, it is going to take a while for things to be "right" again.

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Reverend Al's Greatest Hits...

No, not Al Gore when he channels a black Baptist preacher.

I am talking about Al Sharpton. The anti-Semitic, race-baiting, charlatan with blood on his hands. He should have been charged as an accessory to murder. In his background, he has triggered two NYC riots that have resulted in the deaths of 9 people.

What a legacy. Now he is getting involved with the Ground Zero mosque debate. I shouldn't have to tell you which side he is on.

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Primed To Get Restarted...With a Proposed Compromise

Been away for too long.

Busy and dizzy, working and other stuff.

Been to New Jersey to visit my daughter's family, including my grandson. Went back to New York City a couple more time. Each time there, we disembark from the PATH subway at the WTC station and we walk past Ground Zero. Due to son in-law's promotion and my daughter getting a childcare job, they may be there another year. So I worry.

Because of the allergy medicine I had today, I can't enjoy a beer, so I am a bit grumpy.

I just thought of a compromise on the Ground Zero mosque. I don't know if I will post it on Facebook, as the libs there are already pissed off enough.

Here t'is.

They can build their Ground Zero mosque in return for a deal. In return - there will never be another Muslim attack (of any size) on New York City. If there is a small attack, we will level the Ground Zero mosque. If there is a large attack, we will level every remaining mosque in the city.

Does that sound fair?

We are too damned nice for our own good, sometimes. If the "moderates" of Islam want our trust and respect, they have to take on the zealots and clean their own house.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Still Here...

No, I haven't sailed off the edge of the Earth. I have been busy and have been making liberals ears bleed on Facebook.

Will be back soon.

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